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Airborne CO2 Observations in the U.S. Southern Great Plains

Source:  Dan Hawkes

Ten Years of Airborne CO2 Observations Reported

In an article recently published in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, ESD’s Sebastien Biraud (along with ESD’s Margaret Torn, Bill Riley, and others) gathered and studied airborne measurements of atmospheric CO2 for a ten-year period (2002-2012) over the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program Climate Research Facility (US Southern Great Plains). These observations were designed to quantify trends and variability in atmospheric mole fraction of CO2 and other greenhouse gases with the precision and accuracy needed to evaluate ground-based and satellite-based column CO2 estimates, test forward and inverse models, and help with the interpretation of ground-based CO2 mole-fraction measurements.  

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Citation: Biraud, S.C., M.S. Torn, J.R. Smith, C. Sweeney, W.J. Riley, and P.P. Tans (2013), A multi-year record of airborne CO2 observations in the U.S. Southern Great Plains. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 751–763; DOI:10.5194/amt-6-751-2013, 2013.

Funding: BER, ARM, Terrestrial Ecosystem Science Program